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THIS WEEK IN DANCE
By Kelly Hargraves
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|UNDERBELLY at Diavolo Dance Space produced by Jeremy Jacobs and featuring work by Holly Johnston's LEDGES AND BONES dance project and Bradley Michaud's METHOD was a display of physical strength and agility, with fight-style choreography, balancing acts and intense leaps and falls. What the concert lacked in musicality it gained in excitement. While Jacobs played briefly with narrative and character in his solo "brick", which included his disrobing beside a wall he constructed of rich red bricks, only Holly Johnston absorbed a through line of thematic content that contextualized her group of dancers who traversed the floor in rhythmic, pulsating movement.|
Michaud's duet with Jay Bartley "after the fracture" closed the evening with an intense amount of wrestling, jumping, upside-down phrases and a great sense of humor to take the edge off the often hard hitting work.
Although, the Diavolo Space is not ideal to see a show--in fact my comments should bear the caveat that I had an obstructed view of the entire stage--it is a great place to see the beginnings of great ideas...
The outstanding Butoh company SanKai Juku comes to UCLA presenting KAGEMI (Beyond the Metaphors of Mirrors) inspired by the art of Japanese flower arrangements. For over 25 years Sankai Juku has presented exciting and inspiring shows characterized not only by the internalized, individualized movement in the emotionally charged space of Japanese Butoh, the postwar style called "the Dance of Darkness", but also with a daredevil attitude that included suspending from the sides of tall buildings. Their new work promises to retain the poetic imagery and movement style of of Butoh while pondering questions of human existence--gazing at one's image in "Kagemi".
Friday and Saturday Nov. 17-18 8 p.m. Royce Hall $48/38/26 ($15 UCLA students) www.uclalive.org
ALSO THIS WEEK:
Lineage Dance: "Dancing for a Cure: Healing Blue"
On November 18, 2006, Lineage Dance will reprise its highly acclaimed dance concert: "Dancing for a Cure: Healing Blue" at the Lanterman Auditorium in La Canada. The proceeds from the dance concert will benefit The Foundation for Living Beauty. The concert will be followed by a special reception at La Canada's Chocolate Box Cafe located at 714 Foothill Blvd. The reception is generously sponsored by the Arroyo Monthly / Pasadena Weekly.
The Foundation for Living Beauty is an activity and service-oriented organization dedicated to uplifting the lives of women living with cancer and cancer survivors. When "Dancing for a Cure: Healing Blue" premiered in Pasadena, last Fall, the benefit dance concert raised $28,000 for local breast cancer organizations. Back by popular demand, the dance concert includes personal and moving stories, captured on videotape, of women who have courageously faced the challenge of breast cancer in their own lives, as well as in the lives of their mothers and daughters. As the stories unfold, the message is clearly one of hope and triumph. Along with original music and breath-taking choreography, "Healing Blue" is truly a celebration.
Tickets: $25 adults / $20 students & seniors
4491 Cornishon Ave.
La Canada, CA 91011
Reception to follow at the Chocolate Box Cafˇ, 714 Foothill Blvd, La Canada CA 91011 (818) 790-791
For more information: (626) 399-3676
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